My son is in 1st grade and I have been told he will be held back unless his reading improves. He is at a a level 10 and needs to be at a level 16, by the end of the year. My son is writing and doing math at a 1st grade level (where he should be) but his reading is lagging. He is also very well behaved and tries hard. I guess here in North Carolina they like to hold back low readers, because when the get to 3rd grade, they will be caught up enough and test scores will look good. And it's the principal's choice if a student gets held back, not a parents. Here's my question. What does text from a level 16 look like and what books (titles) are at a level sixteen. I need to be able to gage where he is at, and get him boosted. I don't want him held back, as I think he would be ok in 2nd. Also what activities can I do with him at home to help?